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A Blissful Thanksgiving

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving!

Our Bliss Belle Katie walks us through every detail of her fantastic Thanksgiving plans![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="11532" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="11772" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="11773" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="11774" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="11775" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Becky & Nilay: A Boldly Beautiful Affair

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Becky and Nilay's two — you heard us right, two! — magnificent celebrations were infused with touches of contemporary glamour and cultural beauty, making for a truly magical day that was just as vibrant and joyous as this amazing couple that met while they lived next to one another in a dorm at their alma mater, the University of Chicago.

While it may have taken Becky and Nilay eight years following their first encounter to begin dating, they could no longer deny their love for one another and have been inseparable ever since.

The former dorm neighbors became engaged and wanted a wedding day that was a perfect representation of their multi-cultural backgrounds. The day began with a beautiful Hindu ceremony in the ornate ballroom of the JW Marriott. Becky walked down a flower-petal-lined aisle in a dazzling gold and red sari while surrounded by oodles of bold-hued flowers. Following their first ceremony, the couple said their 'I Do's' in an evening Christian ceremony that took place at the uniquely modern Bridgeport Art Center.

Guests then headed to the ultra modern and chic Skyline Loft at the Bridgeport Art Center for the couple's reception. From sequin-adorned table cloths and accessories to lush pink floral centerpieces to a 60' projector screening the couple's favorite videos and songs, this reception was filled with bold hints of glamour, modernity and pure bliss.

Congratulations, Becky and Nilay![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="7086" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="7087" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="7088" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Thanks to Studio This Is for the fabulous photos and to all the other talented vendors that brought this magical day to life!

Invitations Cherree Berry Paper / Cake Bittersweet / Videographer Studio This Is / Linens Private Label Linens / Rentals Tablescapes / Caterer Blue Plate / Makeup and Hair RC Beauty

You can also check out Strictly Weddings for more photos of Becky and Nilay's gorgeous wedding.

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REAL WEDDING: ERIN + ERIC

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" image="5861" img_size="full"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/1"][vc_column_text]A gorgeous August day set the perfect backdrop for Jesse's first full service wedding with Bliss and what better couple to celebrate than high-school sweethearts, Erin & Eric.  A rich color palette of deep navy and eggplant mixed with crisp white and foliage green set the stage for a natural garden inspired ceremony and reception.  Olivia Leigh captured every moment of this day perfectly and you can see even more from this event over on her blog right here.  

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VENDORS:

Event Planning & Design: Jesse Deckard for Bliss Weddings & Events

Floral/Decor: Carli Staffa with HMR

Lighting: Event Creative

Photography: Olivia Leigh Photography

Videography: I DO Films

Venue/Catering: Chicago Botanic Gardens & Culinary Landscapes

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Real Wedding: Meghan + Steve

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Meghan & Steve are such a fun and laid-back couple to be around that planning their wedding was a total joy!  When they came to us, they weren’t sure exactly what they wanted for their big day other than great food, beautiful décor and an abundance of personal touches.  When we decided on the Redfield Estate in Glenview for their ceremony and reception, we just knew the gorgeous lush grounds would be the perfect fit for an intimate celebration with both romantic and rustic touches. Even though their ceremony had to be moved indoors at the last minute due to weather, Meghan & Steve remained happy and telling jokes the whole time.  The indoor space for the ceremony turned out to be a beautifully intimate space which we covered in plenty of organic greenery and garland to bring the outdoors in.  Thankfully the weather cleared and guests moved to the courtyard for cocktails where they picked up escort cards placed on individual stems of craspedia set up in a bed of green moss.

Working with a color scheme of soft grey, mustard yellow and clean white, Fleur created laid back florals in a mix of vintage milk glass and turquoise glass placed on grey washed farm tables.   Timeless elegance was added to the tablescape with luxe crystal cut chargers, lace table runners and etched glass stemware.

After a delicious dinner, guests danced the night away taking breaks to snack from the abundant cheese bar or the sprawling sweets table adorned with several types of cake and an array of mini sweets all displayed on vintage cake pedestals.  As a late night surprise for the groom, a custom cigar roller accompanied a cigar & whiskey bar!

vendors:

venue: Redfield Estate

photography: Avery House

coordination: Renny with Bliss Weddings & Events

floral: Fleur 

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A Tiki Themed Baby Shower

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Guess what that "Events" stands for at the end our company name?!? Thats right- it's for all the other fabulous soirees we plan throughout the year!  This past weekend Renny planned and hosted a baby shower along with a few of her girlfriends for one of their mom-to-be besties, Anne.  We love dreaming up fun and creative baby shower themes, but this one was a total no-brainer given Anne's love of the beach (she had wanted to get married there originally!) and her dream of one day opening a Tiki Bar in Chicago- we just knew we had to do a girly twist on an island Tiki theme! After kicking off the theme with some festive invites from Paperless Post, Renny then called on Blue Plate for the catering, Cheree Berry for adorable paper goods, Hall's for rentals and our own Jesse Deckard to design the florals as well construct the fabulous Tiki Bar from scratch!

Guests enjoyed the gorgeous weather outside while sipping cocktails adorned with paper flags that read "Sleep when the baby sleeps, Drink when the baby drinks!"  Guests then sat down for a tasty tiki themed meal at tables surrounded by grass skirts and topped with colorful glassware as well as fresh tropical fruit and vibrant island inspired florals.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="5893" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Style Me Pretty Feature

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We could get lost in all the pretty that Style Me Pretty serves up all day long and yesterday we got an extra special treat when they featured Carey & Matt's wedding captured by Jeffrey & Julia Woods. Check out the beautiful wedding and all the details right here.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="6492" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Real Wedding: Kristin + Ted at The Drake on Style Me Pretty

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Hop on over to Style Me Pretty this morning to see our feature

of Kristin & Ted's beautiful wedding this past summer at The Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago.

 

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Baby Baby Baby!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Renny and Katie are hosting a Nautical themed baby shower for Mrs. Superfine this weekend! We can hardly wait to pull all the wonderful details together and meet her new little sailor very soon!

We will show you the pictures next week. Enjoy the gorgeous fall weather. Go get yourself a pumpkin spice latte. You deserve it!

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Real Wedding: Charlotte & William

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Last fall, Renny and Kara pulled off an amazing autumn engagement party at the Botanical Garden’s Pullman Barn. Their idea was to showcase a couple going through wedding related celebrations that every couple encounters  throughout their engagement. They named their faux couple William and Charlotte, and created an amazing celebration thrown my their "best friend" in their honor. The barn was transformed into a cozy, classic, with touches of preppy, presentation that called for a night of great fun with friends and family alike. The charming barn was detailed in coral and navy with plenty of eye-catching accents of gold. The outside is where the fun really began, with bobbing for bling in bubbly, golden apple croquet, customized mad libs about William and Charlotte and a muddling bar. The night ended around a romantic, cozy fire pit with custom pillows and throws for the guest to snuggle up with and take part in making s’mores while sipping their night caps.  Can’t wait to see what’s next for William and Charlotte’s engagement!

 

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The new Pullman Barn at Chicago's Botanical Garden was the perfect location for this couple!

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Golden foliage adorned the ceiling of the barn as well as the table.

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Customizable place mats where a hidden gem under guests plates.

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Guests were given baskets to take with them filled all the ingredients to make their perfect lazy Sunday morning!

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Muddle and cuddle!

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Golden apple croquet had guests entertained for hours.

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Guests were laughing while playing mad libs about the couple and bobbing for bling in bubbly!

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A s'more bar was the perfect touch to the fire pit.

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As Seen in Style Me Pretty!

All pictures taken by Matt and Stevi from averyhouse!

 

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Real Wedding: Danielle & Eric

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With the gorgeous weather Chicago had this past weekend we wanted to feature this outside wedding of past clients that we adored, Danielle & Eric. A wonderful list of vendors helped to make this backyard tent wedding at a Private Residence in Evanston a complete success. The bright floral arrangements were done by Event Creative, while Olivia Leigh Photographie captured all the moments of their big day. Guests sat comfortably at farm style tables and ate a wonderful meal by Food for Thought Catering. Danielle wore a fabulous gown by Carolina Herrera and was careful not to get any icing on it from her Sweet Mandy B's Cupcakes! We couldn't have had more fun planning this rustic-glam celebration off of the gorgeous shore of Lake Michigan. Thank you to everyone involved!

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Take a Sneak Peak!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We recently had a photo shoot for our new ad that will be out soon! With all the changes happening at Bliss we needed to throw Katie Kozlowski, our newest senior weddings consultant, into the mix and show everyone what we are all about! Besides, who doesn't love an afternoon of shoes, glitter, cake and champagne? We can't thank Cindy, from Fandl Photography, enough for spending the day with us photographing all our silly antics and costume changes! The delicious pink ombre cake was done by our friends at Alliance Bakery and Cafe, and was delightful until the very last piece (what swimsuit season?)! And our very own, Kara Superfine, used her fabulous floral background to create the gorgeous hot pink bouquet that we are still dying over!

Here's a sneak peak of what will be published soon in bridal magazines galore. We hope you enjoy!

 

 

 

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Pinning 101

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If you're already on Pinterest, we are here to further you're addiction, if you're new to the craze, we are here to begin your addiction. Pinterest is a virtual inspiration board of fashion, decor, beauty, travel and of course wedding images. Each user "pins" whatever images they want to their own personal board further organizing the pictures into categories. Lost yet? Read USA TODAY's article here. We love using Pinterest to gain inspiration, share our ideas with our clients and other "pinners", and to simply get lost in the world of pinning! Check out Bliss's page here, and check back often since we are pinning fanatics! Our page is always expanding with endless inspiration for weddings and everyday life. Happy Pinning!!

 

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Thanksgiving Bliss!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We hope everyone had a very very Happy Thanksgiving with your families and friends. We absolutely adore Thanksgiving.  We certainly have a lot to be thankful for this year. First and foremost, our absolutely AMAZINGLY fabulous clients.  We love you all and love every day working with you planning your dreamy weddings.

I hosted my first big girl Thanksgiving meal for all 15 of us.  It was a Huge success.  Thought I would share a few photos of my table.

I am certainly no photographer, so please don't judge the photography skills. HA!

I wanted a glamorous table. I spray painted faux gourds, pumpkins and leaves gold. Used Coral Peonies,A White Hemstitch table runner and napkins, and my fabulous Asian inspired Wedgewood China.  I love my amber stemware, but I added in some vintage etched wine glasses for an eclectic chic look.

I only used Coral Peonies for the flowers. Can you believe these beauties in November??

Gold, Gold and More Gold!

I love my Wedgewood Oberon china with my Amazing Celerie Kimble Huge Floral Print I upholstered my dining room chairs with.

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Feature: Reveal Collaboration

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I still can't get enough of this dream filled collaboration we did with the amazing Studio This Is and the fabulous Event Creative. We are so excited it has a full feature today on Style Me Pretty's National.

Can we do it again Jeremy, Jesse and Kara?

Check it out here:  http://www.stylemepretty.com/2011/10/17/reveal-collaboration/

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Feature: Katie & Cherian

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We could not of been more honored to have the stunning wedding of Katie & Cherian showcased last week on our favorite dreamy wedding blog, Style Me Pretty. Thank you so much!

Katie & Cherian....I miss you!

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Bliss Inspiration

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Happy Winter!

We have been working on loads of inspiration boards. Hope you are as inspired as we have been and this sweeps your winter blues away!

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Don't you love the touches of the preppy green in this inspiration board?

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Obsessed! Look for a photo shoot soon on this inspiration board!

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Real Wedding: Amanda & Bill

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It has been a busy but amazing summer!  i can't believe it is almost the holidays!  Where has this year gone? I have to share with you all a fabulous wedding we did for an amazing couple at the River East Art Center. We not only LOVED our couple, Amanda & Bill - but we LOVED their families.

The colors were a fresh turquoise, apple green and white.  So clean and crisp and modern.  I absolutely love these colors. Especially for a summer wedding.   I am actually a bit obsessed.

The girls wore darling apple green cocktail length dresses  with fabulous silver strappy Jimmy Choos!. The men wore super cool  grey suits and the groom wore an apple green tie.  So happy the men didn't wear black for once!  The bride wore CUSTOM  chartreuse Manolo Blahnik's that we were and still are completely gaga over.

From the hors d'oeuvres, to the Flawless cake, to the custom, to the amazing centerpieces, to the special Beer Tasting bar we surprised the groom with, the details were so much fun to design and bring to life.   Enjoy!

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Feature: Corrine & Chuck

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Wow!  Check out Style Me Pretty today!  Corrine & Chuck's gorgeous wedding is featured. It was such a dreamy modern Chicago wedding.

Thanks Corrine & Chuck and Style me Pretty!  You two are amazing!!!!

We couldn't be more excited!

 

 

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Feature: CS Brides Ad

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Check out our FAB new ad in CS Brides in the Fall/Winter 2010 issue. We had soooo much fun putting this together. This is so Bliss!!!!

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